James Kent autograph notes signed to Samuel Jones.
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Chapter 12 of the Laws of 1788 gave the Court of Chancery the responsibility for overseeing the well being and property of persons deemed idiots or lunatics and infant trustees (persons under the age of 21 whose person and estate are under the care of a trustee of guardian). This responsibility was extended to habitual drunkards by Chapter 109 of the Laws of 1821. The power of the Chancellor to appoint a committee or receiver for an idiot or lunatic is derived from English precedent. His power t...
These maps were compiled over a period of years by Chancellor Kent, a well-known American jurist who was a dominant state supreme court judge in New York throughout the Federalist era. The extensive manuscript annotations are in his hand. These notes are often dated, some as early as the 1820s and others as late as 1840. It is unclear what prompted Kent to assemble this volume, but a possible reason was his interest in missionary activities, often referred to in the notes, which display an intim...